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Hera, Hermes, Argus, and Io in the shape of a Cow


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Title/s

Hera, Hermes, Argus, and Io in the shape of a Cow

Maker/s

Unknown

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Neoclassical

Description

Folding fan, with paper leaf painted in colours and gilt. Sticks of ivory inlaid with mother-of-pearl and piqué in silver. The guards are carved in relief with geometrical shapes inlaid with mother-of-pearl with piqué borders. The sticks are pierced with diaper pattern and carved in relief with a lady and gentleman dancing on either side of a tree, flanked by stylized plants and buildings, enclosed in a scroll border and geometrical shapes inlaid with mother-of-pearl with piqué borders. The leaf is painted with a mythological scene: Hera/Juno, Hermes/Mercury, and Io in the shape of a cow. Border of foliage and tassels with gilt edge.

Production Place

France (country)

French (nationality)

Technique Description

Paper leaf painted in colours and gilt. Sticks of ivory, pierced, carved, and inlaid with mother-of-pearl and piqué in silver. The guards are carved in relief and inlaid with mother-of-pearl with piqué borders.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.9 cm
width: (whole): 48 cm

Period

late 18th century

Date

circa 1790

Provenance

given: Whitehurst, Miss 1836-07-27 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Miss Whitehurst, Hertford

Given by Miss Whitehurst

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.7-1836 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118047; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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